So I got curious yesterday while thinking about what will happen to California hunting license sales when the lead ban takes full effect for hunting in 2019.
I looked up the stats for hunting and fishing license sales on the Fish and GAME website from 1970 to 2017.
While reading some of the things that I write below, keep in mind that the population of California in 1970 was almost 20 million people . In 2017 it was almost 40 million. It has just about doubled.
Here are some stats, ( I rounded the numbers a bit.)
Hunting licenses sold in 1970 691,000 in 2017 206,000 ( sales down by about 66% )
Fishing Licenses sold 1970 2,100,000 2017 1,113,000 (sales down by about 50% )
Hunting license revenues to the state 1970 $2,763,000 2017 $9,937,000 ( more than tripled revenue )
Fishing license revenues to the state 1970 $6,281,000 2017 $43,954,000 ( almost 7 times the revenue )
Now granted , inflation would account for a chunk of revenue increases but 7 times more ?
A couple other interesting facts .
Bear tag 1970 $1.00
Bear tag 2017 $42.25 WOW !
Hunting License 1970 $4.00
Hunting License 2017 $43.50
So my main question for you is , why the huge drop in license sales in California ??
I am sure that there is not one single reason but probably many . I think that one reason is that many are afraid to take up hunting in Ca. after reading the regulations ! Anymore it is so very easy to be in violation , it gets worse just about every year. People just think its not worth taking a chance. I think that the culture in California ( Public ) schools also discourages hunting and fishing . ( its evil to do so . ) Our kids are being taught not to hunt.
Just the cost of hunting and fishing discourages people.
Again , I think that when the no lead ammo law hits in 2019 we will see a large decrease in license sales. The politicians / activists in California (and in the DFW) will have won again . Inch by inch .
What do you think the reasons are ?
On a side note , I hunted in Idaho this past season. I read through their regulations and it was a breath of fresh air ! They actually seem to be on the side of the hunter and fisher people ! They want to help in anyway they can. The regulations were very common sense and practical . California could learn a lot , but I don't think that will happen.
Here is where I got the stats. www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Statistics.